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Project by TheWoodYogi posted 04-16-2017 09:29 PM 1178 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this very basic but functional Poor Man’s Cordless Router from scrap Poplar and Oak and used a sharpened Allen Key for a blade :) I laminated two pieces of Poplar together to provide the thickness I needed. The blade holder is a simple knob with 6mm threaded rod epoxy’d in. I drilled a hole in the back of the plane with a 4mm bit and tapped it to 6mm to take the locking knob. The handles are fitted also with threaded rod and the body tapped to receive them.

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 04-16-2017 10:21 PM

Looks great …. how does she cut? Would you do anything different next time? Good job!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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TheWoodYogi

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#2 posted 04-16-2017 10:33 PM

Hi Ron, The dimensions were random when I made it, but it’s really comfortable for small work and cuts great. I like the overall feel and I think I will make a wider version to complement it. What I like is the shape of the handles as I can wrap my thumbs around the base of them and use the locking knob at the back to push the plane and control the pressure as I work.

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 04-16-2017 11:29 PM



Hi Ron, The dimensions were random when I made it, but it s really comfortable for small work and cuts great. I like the overall feel and I think I will make a wider version to complement it. What I like is the shape of the handles as I can wrap my thumbs around the base of them and use the locking knob at the back to push the plane and control the pressure as I work.

- TheWoodYogi

Sound good. Being able to make your own tools is a good skill to acquire. Keep it up. My router plane was designed around a chisel …
 

 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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steliart

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#4 posted 04-18-2017 12:01 PM

thats a nice one and it looks rich too !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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TheWoodYogi

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#5 posted 04-18-2017 07:01 PM

Hi steliart,

Thank you for the comment. I wasn’t looking to make a tool for free but I keep most offcuts, Hoarding is probably a better description :D Anyway I am really enjoying making tools that cost nothing and they work great. Very satisfying :)

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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TheWoodYogi

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#6 posted 04-18-2017 07:08 PM

Ron, it looks really sturdy. I watched a video of Paul Sellers making the Poor Man’s Hand Router using a chisel. I will definitely make one similar to yours :) It reminds me of one I must have seen as a child in my dad’s old joiners toolbox. I can remember playing with the drawer and catches on that toolbox so often that the design is lodged in my mind and I will build something similar for nostalgia one day.

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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Ron Aylor

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#7 posted 04-18-2017 08:28 PM



Ron, it looks really sturdy. I watched a video of Paul Sellers making the Poor Man s Hand Router using a chisel. I will definitely make one similar to yours :) It reminds me of one I must have seen as a child in my dad s old joiners toolbox. I can remember playing with the drawer and catches on that toolbox so often that the design is lodged in my mind and I will build something similar for nostalgia one day.

- TheWoodYogi

I look forward to seeing both!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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papadan

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#8 posted 04-18-2017 08:34 PM

Yogi, looks real good. Can you get me a picture of the bottom of it. You’ve got me thinking again.

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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WayneC

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#9 posted 04-18-2017 08:37 PM

Nice work. Can you post some photos of the cutter?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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TheWoodYogi

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#10 posted 04-19-2017 08:44 PM



Yogi, looks real good. Can you get me a picture of the bottom of it. You ve got me thinking again.

- papadan


I hope this helps papadan :) It’s 14cm or 5 1/2 inches long and 7cm or 2 3/4 inches deep

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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TheWoodYogi

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#11 posted 04-19-2017 08:48 PM


Nice work. Can you post some photos of the cutter?

- WayneC


Hi WayneC, I ground the bottom of the Allen Key flat and ground and sharpened a 45 degree bevel. It works really well for me. I hope this helps.

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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